15 Vegetarian Recipes for Your Low-Carb MenuArticle posted in: Nutrition
While the South Beach Diet isn’t a vegetarian diet, we can certainly appreciate the importance of plant-based meals for health and wellness. Making plants the focus of your dish can help you increase your fiber intake while supplying you with the essential nutrients you need. Many vegetarian recipes also fit easily into a low-carb meal plan, so you can get in your veggies while sticking to a low carb menu.
Whether you’re a vegan, a vegetarian or just a carnivore looking to eat more vegetables, we have a plant-based recipe for every palate. From snacks and soups to pasta and pizza, we know you will find a new favorite in this versatile vegetarian recipe round-up. If you’re in need of some meatless options to mix into your diet, keep reading for some mouth-watering plant-based recipes below.
Here are 15 vegetarian recipes that fit into your low-carb diet:
Cauliflower has certainly made its way onto people’s plates in different forms and styles. Whether it’s pizza crust or buffalo bites, cauliflower makes some of our best low carb recipes possible. For this particle recipe, thick cauliflower steaks get coated in a crispy almond flour crust and are roasted in the oven. With onion powder, garlic powder and chili flakes, these low-calorie and low-carb steaks are a packed with flavor!
The perfect low-carb pasta alternative: zucchini noodles! With nothing but olive oil, zucchini noodles, minced garlic, a dash of salt and chili flakes, this five-minute vegan meal fulfills one of your non-starchy vegetable servings for the day.
Simple here is the key word. Made with cauliflower rice (which can be purchased in the frozen aisle of your grocery store), soy chorizo and topped with cheddar cheese, this vegetarian recipe has so many flavors and vegetable servings! Think about adding in tomatoes and garlic powder for more flavor. Leave off the cheese to keep it vegan or swap in a dairy-free alternative.
Supplemented with soy veggie crumbles, this veggie chili is actually packed with protein that can assuage those carnivorous cravings. The recipe calls for chicken broth but you can easily swap in vegetable broth for an equally flavorful dish. This meal can even be stored and frozen for later indulging. When you’re ready, defrost frozen portions in the refrigerator overnight prior to reheating it the next day.
This vegan recipe features a vibrant mix of vegetables and perfectly cooked tofu! If you’re familiar with a standard cacciatore dish, this tofu version holds true to the styles and flavors. With some white wine and suggested sprigs of rosemary for garnish, this will certainly pan out to be one of the fancier meatless dishes!
Trying to stick to a low-carb diet? Try satisfying your noodle cravings with this creamy zucchini pasta dish. This dish boasts a flavorful homemade pesto made with avocado and basil. Coat your fresh zucchini noodles with this homemade pesto and voila! Your low-carb vegan dinner is served.
Avocados, thanks to their mild taste and creamy texture, pair well with so many foods. This vegan pesto recipe sounds intimidating simply because of the word “pesto.” However, the hardest part is toasting the pine nuts. You can then simply toss the ingredients in a food processor or blender and everything will come together beautifully!
This pizza replacement has all the hot and cheesy goodness of your favorite pie. Make plants the base of your meal by replacing the carb-heavy crust with a nutrient-packed portobello mushroom. Keep that creamy, delicious mozzarella and add in some nutritional yeast for even more nutritional value. Leave off the cheese and pile on a dairy-free alternative if you’d like to make this a vegan pizza recipe.
Make veggies the center of your snack time with Crispy Kale Chips. They make the perfect swap for calorie-filled potato chips. Incorporate a serving of non-starchy vegetables into your day with some of these crispy, flavorful kale chips. Seasoned with nothing more than onion powder and a pinch of sea salt, they are the perfect snack to appease that salty chip craving.
Make this vegetarian recipe as a side salad or your focal point. This is the perfect summer dish filled with crunchy cucumbers, creamy feta cheese and a homemade Greek-inspired vinaigrette. Stay hydrated all summer long with a refreshing salad packed with low-carb flavor.
Bringing back this star ingredient: cauliflower! Cauliflower is, simply, a great swap for bread-based foods that can help you to cut back on carbs. This recipe features a homemade cauliflower dough and is topped with fresh mozzarella, veggies and plenty of seasoning!
Fresh summer squash is a great produce to incorporate into your meals! It is packed with nutrients and this particular recipe is bursting with flavors from cheese, garlic and black pepper. You’ve never seen or tasted squash like this. It’s a game-changer!
This recipe takes a starchy, high-carb fast food favorite and turns it into low-carb fare made with baked avocado, buttermilk and almond flour. Served up with a Greek yogurt-based Chipotle Garlic Dip, these unique and gourmet fries are the perfect plant-based snack, side dish or appetizer.
Satisfy your homestyle meal cravings with this velvety smooth tomato soup and crunchy Parmesan crisps that are perfect for dunking or crumbling on top! These little squares might just be the star of this dish. Baked to perfection, the bite-sized crisps are the perfect snack—with or without the hearty vegetarian soup.
This dish boasts the perfect blend of hot and spicy yet sweet and salty. With a vibrant blend of vegetables and spices, add in some crushed peanuts for even more flavor. It’s also hard to get wrong. Trust your own flavor instincts and desires or follow the seasonings as spelled out by the recipe—either way you are guaranteed to love this meal!